• Ideal growing conditions

    Thursday, February 22, 2018

    I believe that the real work of life is trying to figure out what kind of person you are, and what your ideal growing conditions are. We’re not always born in the right climate. Just like a plant, we all have basic requirements: soil, sun, water, temperature, nutrients. Have you ever seen a frangipani trying […]

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  • Phone-a-phobia

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

      I have a confession. I hate mobile phones. I like being able to check my email and social media accounts. I use the banking app. I love Spotify. But the actual phone that rings? I HATE IT. 15 years working in the media has made me allergic to the sound of a ringing phone. I […]

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  • The circuit

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    I have a theory. It’s nothing new but I thought I would share it with you anyway. I believe that love is a circuit. You only get out what you put in. I am fortunate in the sense that I have an abundance of love and support around me. Subsequently, I believe that it is […]

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  • Why I need retreats

    Monday, February 12, 2018

    I recently returned from a two night stay at Billabong Retreat and – wow – what a difference. The 48 hours I spent there shifted something. The past month has been really tough and I’ve felt it in my body. My stomach has been sore – in both the muscles and digestive system – and sleep […]

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  • What happens when you damage a rental car

    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Have you ever wondered what will happen if you damage your rental car? Well, friends, you can rely on ol’ spatially challenged Castle here to deliver. On my recent East Coast road trip adventure, my friend Michael and I hired a car from Avis. To our great delight, when we went to pick it up […]

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Feb
14

Maaloula, Syria – The City of Ancient Aramaic

Maaloula, Syria – The City of Ancient Aramaic By Verity Twydale Tucked away in the cleft of a mountain in the middle of the Syrian countryside lies a tiny Christian village. Admittedly, it’s an odd place to have a Christian village. Syria is a country that’s often mistakenly known for it’s antipathy towards anyone and […]

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Feb
12

Where is the most romantic place you have ever been?

The Real Estate of Romance: Where is the most romantic place you have ever been? I want to know! And you know what makes a romantic place seem even more romantic? Wine … lots and lots of wine … And guess what? The first 11 people to tell me their most romantic place will win […]

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tara-ali
Feb
10

Travel Tales: Tara Ali

Name: Tara Ali Age: 36 Occupation: Features Editor for Australian Women’s Health Favourite travel destination?: Nepal. It changed my view of the world and I absolutely lived in the moment for every second I was there. Nepal is the seventh poorest country in the world and some parts make you feel as though you are […]

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Feb
9

Bangalore!

Bangalore! By Maggie Videan It’s taken me 25 years to return to my homeland. That being the case, I started out in Bangalore, a city renowned for service and IT industries. As soon as I arrived, it was quite apparent why it had taken me so long to return. India is confronting. The crowds, the poverty […]

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travelling-with-friends
Feb
8

Travelling with friends

Travelling with friends By Verity Twydale Travelling with your bestie? That holiday with your BFF might seem like a great idea … until you’re too busy bickering over where to stay and what to eat to enjoy it. Ahhh … holidays. Such a distant memory. But if you’re like the rest of us you’re probably […]

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Feb
7

Manic Manila to Beautiful Boracay

Manic Manila to Beautiful Boracay By Mel Cook Manila is a stopover, at best, because only two words come to mind when you arrive: organised chaos. From the moment you leave the airport you are in a place of extreme and manic disarray. With around 11 million people living in Manila, it’s little wonder people […]

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great-expectations
Feb
3

Great Expectations

Great Expectations By Lisa O’Brien As we arrived on a humid evening late last year, stepping out of the fluorescent orange glow of our easyJet tin can and into the soupy air hovering on the Split tarmac, Croatia had a big reputation to live up to. Any conversation about this burgeoning eastern European country in […]

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Feb
2

Tips for travelling photographers

Tips for travelling photographers By Melanie Mahoney Travel photography is a subjective thing. Some people prefer to take just a few shots of the major moments and sites they see, while others will happily fill a photo album before their plane has even landed. I’m happy to admit that I’m more of the latter than […]

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travel-tales-florence-sandford
Feb
1

Travel Tales: Florence Sandford

Name: Florence Sandford Age: 26 Occupation: Communications Executive…in other words PR! Favourite travel destination?: Hawaii….and no I am not getting paid to say this. Hawaii is one of those destinations which has it all for me…the beaches, the shopping, the cocktails. That aloha spirit captures me every time I get off that plane. Worst travel experience?: […]

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Jan
31

Ire of the Tiger: Why Tiger Airways Sucks

I decided to do something romantic for The Future Husband and like all romantic gestures, it was a little bit selfish. I have always wanted to go to Melbourne for a weekend of window shopping, laneway strolling and gastronomic overload, preferably whilst wearing a ball gown and chasing a large ball of red wool (the […]

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